Some dictionaries also list "NAY sunt," which makes a lot of sense because it's related to words like "native" and "prenatal," which obviously have the long A sound.
Go with your preference, but I say "NASS unt." Why? Say its other etymological cousins--the ones that share the suffix, not the root--and listen to the short vowel before the "-sce" every time: adolescent, coalesce, senescent, juvenescent, putrescence, etc. It's just my personal reason and it might not sway you.
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a nascent project.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The project was nascent.”)
Something nascent is just starting to develop or just starting to exist, AND that thing would be good if it does develop all the way.
nascence or nascency
How to use it:
Talk about a nascent feeling, such as a nascent hope or a nascent ambition; a nascent project, company, market, or industry; the nascent stages of something; nascent technology; nascent negotiations; nascent services; a nascent relationship, and so on.
The key to using "nascent" correctly is to apply it to something that could be good when it fully develops--something with good potential or promise. "Nascent" was formed from the Latin word for "to be born" (which is why it looks like "native" and "prenatal") so calling something nascent is akin to saying it's a living, breathing thing coming into the world. Beautiful.
Reading a historical book about reformers' nascent efforts to protect against child labor, insanely long work days, and dangerous working conditions really helps you appreciate even a boring 9-to-5 job.
On April 1st of this year, we got a glimpse of what Amazon.com's front page looked like in its nascency: the online shopping giant displayed a "circa 1999" page as a joke.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "nascent” means when you can explain it without saying “potential” or “dawning."
Think of a time you felt a spark of excitement or a glimmer of hope, and fill in the blanks: "I felt a nascent _(excitement/hope/expectation, etc.)____ when I first _____."
Example: "In 1997, I felt a nascent excitement when I first saw the full list of available hexadecimal values for colors on webpages."
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A Point Well Made:
Robert Frost: “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is never a thought to begin with.”
1. The opposite of NASCENT is
2. How _____ advertisers must have felt in the nascent days of social media marketing.
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